After decades of disinterest, backwoods Indian children in Alaska are amazed to find school learning offers real values, and even happiness, thanks to a teacher from England.
The new teacher wears pants! Frederika, a 10 year old Athapaskan native, remarks, "We sure never started school throwing books out before". When Miss Agnes produced new art supplies she said, "The first thing you must do is brighten this school up." Who cares about reading, writing and arithmetic? People have to fish, hunt & trap. What could little Jimmy Sam, who could already disassemble and restore engines, or deaf Bokko, learn in school? A lot!
This simple story is literary art for children at bedtime: every child should have a 'life' on their own Maggie B.
Maggie Barnstable dreams of her own delightfully decorated boat. On board she happily scrubs and organizes, cooks favorite meals, and entertains little brother James. When an evening storm arises she confidently "battens the hatches", they then sit down for a delightful evening meal. The Maggie B. is a cozy bed time story, selectively and imaginatively presenting a child's self-made haven of personal pride and comfort.
Preferring human over mermaid values, Ariel puts her soul in the control of a treacherous sea-witch to become a human maiden so she can earn Prince Eric's love.
Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, is fascinated by the human world. Defying his rules, she falls in love with a seagoing prince even saving him from a shipwreck. Longing to be in Eric’s world she trades her voice to a Sea-Witch to gain legs. If she fails to win Eric’s love, the witch will take her soul. In a treacherous gamble to steal Triton’s power the disguised witch uses Ariel’s voice to distract the Prince.
Ziggy heads to the beach as the three disapproving pigs prepare for the wolf, but it's Ziggy's "outside the box" thinking that saves the day.
In fear of a visit from the Big Bad Wolf the three little pigs improve the 'security' of their, straw, stick and brick homes. Ziggy happily sleeps under the stars. The other three scornfully reject Ziggy's carefree invitation to go swimming. When the wolf blows apart all three homes, the pigs run to the beach. There, Ziggy provides a brilliant lesson in "thinking outside the box" (It's also a lesson for advocates of U.S. "Homeland Security").
This is a factual, but no less inspiring, telling of an incredible mind awakening —it should be on every child's bookshelf!
Elizabeth MacLeod presents a marvelously well researched and sensibly told biography of Helen Keller, in only 30 pages. Effective pictures and notes complement the text. Wonderful quotations on page margins add 'life' to the story, consider: "I left the Well House eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought."
Arthur proves his resourcefulness when babysitting the terrible Tibble twins.
Arthur agrees to baby sit the terrible Tibble twins. However, his experiences with DW, plus all the negative comments of others who have sat the twins, make him nervous. Sure enough, they are terrible, but after several ideas fail he finds one that works. To DW's dismay he suggests she help him next time. Arthur Babysits shows independence and resourcefulness as practical virtues.
Franklin learns that everyone has to struggle with their particular challenges, just as he has to struggle to cycle without training wheels.
It's time for Franklin to ride his two-wheeler without training wheels. He observes his friends and mistakenly thinks they find it easy, but a closer look helps him grasp that others find various things difficult too. Imagine a porcupine rollerblading, and you get the idea. Porcupine suggests Franklin use rollerblading pads, put pillows beside the walkway for crash landings, and to keep on trying!
Harold's world is a blank slate through which he learns to draw his own experiences, with a purple crayon.
Toddler Harold draws his way into a moonlit stroll in a world of his own design. Unexpected events –a too scary dragon, a tumble into water and getting lost– combine to make his walk exciting yet ultimately it remains a matter of his own design. Although he, literally, draws every scenario with his purple crayon, and saves himself from their difficulties. it is clear that the metaphor is not about whim, so much as design.
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Having failed at copying the abilities of other creatures, Kitten Cat learns to judge herself by her own talents.
Kitten Cat could not fly from the clothesline, and the birds laughed. She could not open nuts, nor hop on lily pads, nor crow like a cockerel. Dejected she cries to her mother "I can't do anything. I'm only a cat!" Springing proudly to her feet, Mom announces "Only a cat indeed! ...follow me." Here appears the unmistakable theme: Kitten Cat should learn her own talents, rather than risk disappointment copying the skills of others.
Undeterred by rejections, a lovely cat proudly perseveres at finding a home.
The plot may be simple, but this children's story offers more than just a happy ending. Undaunted by a thoughtless woman, an intolerant old man, and a snappy dog, a young, white cat seeks a place of her own. She eventually exhibits her beauty in a setting that young Amy cannot resist. The books strength lies in the way each wonderful illustration shows us the kitten's strength of character, as she moves forward after each setback.